Who takes the most away fans to matches?

The Championship had a boost this season when both Newcastle United and Aston Villa dropped down, with both clubs certain to take away more than the average second tier club.

So with only one game remaining, which Championship club has taken the most away fans on average?

The table below has been published by the Birmingham Mail, which claims to show the exact figures for all Championship clubs.

They don’t say if they got the table from elsewhere, or whether they generated it themselves, but the figures seem a little dubious…

According to the table, Villa are to with an average of 3,413, Leeds then second with 3,305 and Newcastle third on 3,140.

Newcastle have sold pretty much every away ticket they have been given.

I can think of only Norwich, Cardiff and Wigan where Newcastle away fans didn’t sell out, all three games being night matches through the week.

Even then, Wigan saw well over four thousand travel and only a few hundred of the 4,800 tickets were unsold, whilst Newcastle away fans set a new record for the Cardiff City stadium – the biggest ever domestic travelling support at the ground with Newcastle given a far higher allocation than any other Championship club. So only the Norwich match saw any significant shortfall.

The odd other factor also went against Newcastle.

For example Sheffield Wednesday/South Yorkshire Police chose to give Newcastle less than both Leeds and Villa, though this was only around 1,500 tickets less.

Another disadvantage was that Newcastle gave more tickets to Leeds and Villa, than they gave NUFC fans for the games at Elland Road and Villa Park, Having said that, Villa only managed to sell 1,707 tickets for the game at St James Park from the 3,200 they could have brought.

The fact Villa could only sell half their allocation for the trip to Newcastle, making the figures below look even more dubious.

The table below suggests that Villa took 273 fans per match on average more than Newcastle, which adds up to over 6,000 supporters in total over the course of this season.

Even in the Premier League, Aston Villa hardly ever sold their full allocation at St James Park but bit of a shame that likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday (1 in 4 chance in play-offs) aren’t in the top tier instead of likes of Bournemouth, Stoke, Swansea and many others, none of who bring atmosphere/anything like a full away end.

Table published by the Birmingham Mail of average away fans taken by each club over the course of this season:

away fans

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  • kie

    whay are newcastle fans obsessed with villa. its ridiculous

    • Rotterdam82

      Agreed. The Mag just needs to accept that a mid table championship side with a woeful away record and nothing to play for, actually has more away fans than Newcastle !!!

      • Leazes Ender

        … and is less than 100 miles from all of its away games

        • East Durham Mag

          Spot on Birmingham is so central. At least Villa won something this season but so what?

          • Leazes Ender

            They are quite lucky in that respect…. and they are never more than 50 miles from somewhere nice.

          • Burt Humperdink

            That is lucky considering Birmingham is a metropolitan nightmare.

          • Taz

            50 miles from Somewhere nice you say !!!! where is that exactly???? I’ll cancel my holls and gan there!!!!

          • Leazes Ender

            Peak District

        • rob wilson

          ….most of which were shown live. Only 2 non sell outs…Newcastle on a school night and Barnsley same as NUFC.. about 400 tickets left 4400 sold. And geographically much less population with Villa as the nearest league club because of all the clubs around the Midlands.

          • Jezza

            It’s a fair point. You have got clubs like Walsall, Burton Albion and Kidderminster Harriers all drawing support away from Aston Villa.

          • rob wilson

            Walsall, Burton and Kidderminster are all proud clubs and have valid, passionate support. I was thinking more of the fact that Villa Park is surrounded by clubs that have played in the premier league, BCFC to the south, WBA to the north/west, WWFC to the north, SCFC to the north, DCFC/NFFC to the north east, LCFC to the east and CCFC to the south east. That’s 9 in a 40 mile radius, and I remember all of them (apart from WBA/Stoke) winning major silverware. The only team I remember winning silverware in the north east is Boro’. :)

          • Jezza

            You’re showing your age or rather lack of age. I can remember Newcastle and Sunderland both winning sliverware, Fairs Cup in 69, FA Cup in 73. I also remember Stoke winning the League Cup in 72 with the winning goal scored by former Newcastle player George Eastham.

          • rob wilson

            You’re right – I don’t remember any football before 74-75. Bloody kids eh?

          • Phil K

            Now why do you need excuses if you have the “biggest following” (which is sheer bullshit, by the way – half the tickets sold at Newcastle says it all)

          • rob wilson

            “Biggest following”….where did I say that? Typical of the (minority) NUFC fans that read more into comments (that are tongue in cheek) than is actually said. Having said that, where’s your figures that say it’s bullshit? Figures for a single game don’t count….

      • Jezza

        Newcastle would have taken far more away fans this season if more home clubs had given us a fair allocation instead the usual pitiful 2,000 or so tickets with large sections of their half empty ground closed.

  • Leazes Ender

    Christ we are obsessed with Villa…. I think Graham and Lee Ryder should see a shrink….

    • LordVilla

      Yes mate. Some of you are. Why do they care that we took more away fans than you lot…..and it should be added to watch a losing team most weeks. It does put a rather large dent in some of your fan’s theory to somehow you have uniquely superior fans. I am not going to accuse Newcastle fans of only travelling to see a winning team! The fact is Newcastle took home more points and that is all that counts. Good luck in the Premier League. To mis-quote someone, “who is your next bogey man?”

    • Phil K

      And likes of you are a Godsend to the likes of Villa fans

  • Berkshire Mag

    We’ll all love them if they beat Brighton! (provided we draw/beat Barnsley)

  • Wor Monga

    Who collects rubbish details like these, and puts them into tables…and why does the Mag print them?…just look at a map of the country and the locations of the Championship clubs…they’re all centred around the Midlands, Yorkshire, Lancashire, and London most of them are almost close enough to be derby matches where travelling times and costs are relatively low…especially with away games coming mid-week, and then weekends…

    …we have a 60 odd mile drive to our nearest neighbour south, Leeds, and then add to that the cost/time above that to every one of them that they have to go to…Villa are better located being in the middle of them all!!!

    • Leazes Ender

      What do you mean 60 miles to Leeds its 100…

      • Alex

        He maybe lives near Middlesbrough.

        • Leazes Ender

          He’s a bloody idiot

      • Wor Monga

        Well why does it worry you how far it is bluebottle? seeing as you don’t go to games anymore, but I only travel 10 miles by car to the town, and then either by the train or the bus to Leeds, and I’ve never thought to check with the driver the exact distance!!!

    • Albert Stubbins

      60 miles? try a hundred. Villa have s*** support. It s a well established fact in the w.midlands. why do we even have discussions about it- they cant even fill their own ground on their very own doorstep. If they had to travel they couldnt fill a bloody phone box- everyone else in the whole country seems to know this bar us!!

      • LordVilla

        “If they had to travel they couldnt fill a bloody phone box- everyone else in the whole country seems to know this bar us!!”

        Ha ha. As the picture of the away end at the top of the page proves.

        • Albert Stubbins

          After sky!! Blues and wolves have always had better away support than villa. It’s known throughout country. I know it you know it everybody knows it. Stop trying to rewrite history. And your bang in middle of country. Lol lol

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          • LordVilla

            Silly, silly boy. Hartlepool, Boro and the Mackems have better support than Newcastle. It’s well known. Ask anyone. In fact it’s world famous. Everyone knows it. Anyone can do this.

          • Albert Stubbins

            you’re right about everything of course- imagine how good it would be if you had some facts to back your argument. SOTV

  • Jezza

    We would have taken far more fans if we’d had bigger/appropriate allocations. I missed out on a number of away games I wanted to go to because so often our meagre allocation was snapped up by season ticket holders. If we’d been given enough tickets we would have easily taken 6,000 to 7,000 to places like Elland Road and Hillsborough.

    • Albert Stubbins

      WE took over10,000 to elland rd in early 80’s and Ive been to hillsborough when over 13,000 have been there. As you know Newcastle could outsell virtually every other team in the country with away support for even a half decent team. Villa have never had good support. In 80’s a remember two occasions when they had a few hundred up at most. Their away support isnt even recognized in west midlands- blues and wolves are far superior travelers.

      • Jezza

        Yes I went to Elland Road and Hillsborough in the 80’s when we took thousands and filled whole ends of the ground. Likewise places such as Rotherham, Barnsley and Huddersfield. I can also remember, as you say, Aston Villa not even filling one third of the hugely reduced Leazes End in the 80’s.

      • LordVilla

        Hilarious. But we can all join in that one. e.g.. The Championship table is a lie. Newcastle have not won enough points to get promoted. It’s well know that in the north of England Barnsley and Preston have many more points. Grow up!

        • Albert Stubbins

          You’re clearly not bovvered then?

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          • LordVilla

            No. I’m not. But you are obviously obsessed.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Can’t you see how you’ve undermined your own argument. You are on a Newcastle site? You’re not the sharpest tool in the box are you. A tool granted.

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          • LordVilla

            No, mate. Google “Aston Villa” and this long winded list of excuses as to why Newcastle have fewer away than Aston Villa came out top of the pile. All am I doing in is pointing out the lies you are telling each other. As I said earlier “who are your next bogey men?”

          • Albert Stubbins

            Close the door on the way out there’s a good lad. Enjoy obscurity and Sunderland away which is much the same thing!!

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  • Paul Busby

    Id like to see the statistics as a percentage of what was made available.

  • 1957

    Does the number of away fans matter? The only stat that matters in any league is where you finish in it, this year we are promoted and Villa and Leeds aren’t.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Newcastle travel twice as far as both of them- end of discussion.

  • Phil K

    Compiled by Aston Villa fans, clearly

  • Taz

    Our home and away fan status is fkn awesome wtf r u smoking

  • Scottpaige

    Utter rubbish

  • Gavin Summers

    Well done all 3 clubs for your fantastic away support…end of article!

  • Phil K

    Done by Birmingham Mail…..convenient.
    And dubious

  • Jon Daniel

    As a Brighton fan this sort of article is pointless as teams like Brighton and newcastle have far greater distances to travel away then a team like villa in the middle of the country!

  • MadMag83

    It’s down to actual allocation. Opposition home fans sold out so less away tickets were available for Newcastle fans. We were most teams cup final, Villa and Leeds are less of a draw because Villa are mid table and Leeds have been in the Championship a while now. It’s nothing worth crying over, those Toon fans who did travel did their part for our great away record which has seen us promoted.

  • Peter Withe’s shin

    Yawn……yet more anti Villa bull***t from Graham ‘I’m obsessed’ Porter. Surprised he couldn’t find some way way of mentioning the banner into this article, he’s slipping you know. The continual peddling of this Mag driven petty rivalry about anything slightly Villa related is absolute drivel; ‘Fake News’ par excellence. Toon just won a trophy (thanks again to the Villa) and yet the best you lot can do is peddle this absolute tripe and truly laughable. It’s quite simple, other teams have got fans who travel too; just get over it. You should really be worrying about what Cairan Clark’s going to be like in your defence next season, now that is something you’ll be blaming the Villa for by this time next year.